A lot of people are leaving the city during Ramadan for week-long getaways to the beach, to exotic locations, or to visit families in towns near and far across Turkey.If you're going away to Bodrum, pick up a copy of our The Guide Bodrum issue, available in major booksellers around Istanbul and Bodrum, to make the best of your stay. For those of you who are staying in Istanbul, here's our quick guide for what to do in Istanbul during Ramadan:
Sunday, August 27: As the city's hustle and bustle calms with Istanbulites fleeing down south, take the time to discover the Asian side of the Bosphorus. You can refer to our neighborhood guide to organize a relaxing day in the lesser-known and well-preserved area of Kuzguncuk.
Monday, August 28: Just because you’re not at a beach town doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sun and the sea (or the pool). Grab your iPod, a picnic bag, and your favorite beach read, and take your pick from our article on Istanbul’s Best Beaches and Pools. (Note: Call ahead to confirm opening and closing hours during Ramadan.)
Tuesday, August 29: Head to the Black Sea Region, where the Marmara Sea and the Black Sea merge, for fantastic views that you can’t see anywhere else in the city. Have some fresh fish and enjoy the sea breeze. For detailed information on how to get there and where to eat, click here.
Wednesday, August 30: Head to Büyükada to relax and unwind. This is also a great option for families with kids. You can ride donkeys, tour the island on a horse-drawn carriage, climb up to the monastery of Aya Yorgi, or rent a bike. For more detailed info on Büyükada, click here. Alternatively, you can also make the day trip to Burgazada, and head over to Kalpazankaya for a day on its pebbled beach, with a delicious fried or grilled fish for lunch. For more suggestions to enjoy the island, check out our article.